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February 21, 1986 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-02-21

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Goldsteins Will
Leave Russia

On the eve of the release of
Anatoly Shcharansky from the
Soviet Union, Detroit area ac-
tivists in the Soviet Jewry move-
ment made telephone contact
with long-time refusenik Dr. Isai
Goldstein of Tbilisi.
Goldstein, his brother Grigory
and their families were among the
list of 25 persons Senator Ted
Kennedy inquired about during
his viit to the Soviet Union prior
to Shcharansky's release. The
Goldsteins this week were
granted exit visas by Soviet
authorities and they soon will be
allowed to emigrate.
Dr. Yuri Gurevich in Ann
Arbor spoke to Isai Goldstein on
Feb. 7. Although overjoyed by the
impending release of
Shcharansky, Goldstein asked
that Western groups and govern-
ments redouble their efforts on
behalf of hundreds of thousands of
- Soviet Jews who want to leave
Russia. He suggested that all
trade and cultural ties between
the West and the Soviet Union be
conditional upon the release of
Soviet Jews, and that a sliding
scale be used linking broader ties
with increased immigration.
The Goldstein brothers and
their families first applied to im-
migrate in 1971. Grigory was sen-
tenced to a year in a labor camp in
1978 for "parasitism".
In 1980, Isai was threatened
with forced drafting into the
Soviet army reserve. He refused
to report, claiming he was a citi-
zen of Israel.
Last June, the Goldsteins were
arrested as part of the "Phantom
Orchestra" in Tbilisi, which drew
the attention of foreign visitors to
human rights abuses.
Students at Akiva Hebrew Day
School in Southfield have con-
ducted a campaign for Isai's son,
Avi, who is 12. In October 1983,
Avi was beaten by two classmates
who called him anti-Semitic
names. He suffered a concussion
and was bedridden for three
weeks. A month later, classmates
stripped Avi of his clothes to see
his circumcision. The Goldsteins
filed charges against the school
and its principal, but were told by
Soviet authorities that Avi was
anti-social for not joining &Com-
munist youth organization and
had- brought the beatings upon
Last fall, Akiva students re-
leased balloons with postcards in
support of Avi, during the visit to
the school of former Prisoner of
Conscience Yosef Mendelevich.

Actors Workshop
In Southfield

Michael Shurtleff, Broadway
and Hollywood casting director
and author of Audition, will
conduct a two-day seminar de-
signed to refine auditioning and
acting techniques at the Actors
Alliance Theatre Company.
Shurtleff's seminar will be
presented at the Actors Alliance
Theatre Company on March 8 at
9:15 a.m. and March 9 at 10
a.m. There is a fee. To register,
contact the Actors Alliance
TI )atre Company, 642-1326.

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